Archives for May 2009

Penumbra by Carolyn Hines

In the 1950s in Drexel, Mississippi, the color barrier remains rigidly in place with each race understanding their sphere. Jade Dupree is raised by her black adopted parents, Jonah and Ruth, although her biological mother is the very socially powerful white Lucille. Jade’s half sister Marlena is married to the wealthiest and most powerful figures […]

The Mercy of Thin Air by Ronlyn Dominque

In late 1920s New Orleans, while at college Raziela “Razi” Nolan and Andrew O’Connell share a heated romance. In 1929 she slips at a poolside and dies. However, Razi who wanted to live forever finds herself at THE MERCY OF THIN AIR, a gray world in between the mortal plane and the afterlife. She can […]

Interview with Dr. Clayton Sullivan

SLR:  Hi Dr. Sullivan. Let’s start from the very beginning for those who don’t know you. Where were you born and raised in Mississippi? CS: Born and raised in Mississippi. Lived for a while in Louisville, Kentucky and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania., but mostly in in Mississippi. SLR:  I understand your background to be in philosophy and […]

Dancing by the River by Marlin Barton

If the only subjects worthy of a writer’s labor concern certain universal truths, which William Faulkner called the problems of the human heart in conflict with itself, then Marlin Barton has achieved a noble goal with his splendid second collection of stories, “Dancing by the River.” Most of the stories center around several generations of […]

Lunch at the Picadilly by Clyde Edgerton

I cannot remember when I’ve gained so much wisdom from such a small novel. In his first book in several years, Clyde Edgerton tells a haunting tale of Aunt Lil, her nephew Carl and L. Ray Flowers along with several other memorable characters, several who “live” at Rosehaven Convalescence Center in Listre, North Carolina. The […]

Interview with Bev Marshall

Read Bev Marshall’s profile. SLR: When did you first start writing stories?  When did you know you wanted to spend you life writing? Marshall: I can’t remember ever actually writing a complete story until I was in my thirties when I took a class in creative writing at Christopher Newport College. Prior to that I […]

Walking Through Shadows by Bev Marshall

Bev Marshall’s first novel, Walking through Shadows, is a breathtaking creation. Set in a small town in rural Mississippi just before World War II, the story’s obvious center is the murder of a young woman, Sheila Barnes. Sheila is one of the most unforgettable characters I’ve run across in recent years – just seventeen at […]

Provinces of Night by William Gay

When I read William Gay’s first novel, The Long Home, recently, I had the strong feeling that I had discovered the work of someone very special – and reading Provinces of Night has confirmed that for me. Gay writes with a carefully and languidly – the breadth and depth of his writing demands full attention […]